Joseph Heitz, Executive Director

Joined Cantus in 2017
Hometown: Dubuque, IA
Education: MBA, University of Cambridge; MS in Journalism, Northwestern University; BM in French Horn Performance, University of Iowa; BA in Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Iowa

Joseph Heitz joined Cantus in January 2017 as the organization’s Executive Director. 

Joseph was most recently Director of External Relations at the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland, a management training and consulting firm based in Washington, D.C., that works with cultural organizations worldwide. During his time with the Institute, he worked with a portfolio of national and international funders to secure support for training and capacity-building programs designed to foster the long-term sustainability of arts organizations. He also led the Institute’s communications and marketing outreach, including the launch of a new website as part of the Institute’s transition from the Kennedy Center to the University in 2014.  

Joseph previously worked in institutional fundraising at the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Virginia, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO). He also worked in media relations at the BSO, where he publicized the artistic and educational initiatives of the Symphony, Boston Pops, and Tanglewood. He served as the marketing copywriter for the Abu Dhabi Film Festival and began his career as a staff writer at the Cape Cod Times in Hyannis, Massachusetts. 

Joseph studied at the University of Cambridge, where he earned an MBA with a concentration in culture, arts, and media management. He also earned a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University, and undergraduate degrees with honors in horn performance and journalism from the University of Iowa. Joseph was awarded a Fulbright grant to research government invest in community music programs in Slovenia, where he holds dual citizenship. 

A native of Iowa, Joseph is a lifelong musician and continues to play horn in community ensembles.